Arizona Fall League; WS starts tonight

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Scottsdale lost last night last 12-4. They are 3-9. Here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

Greg Bird, DH: 2 for 5, scored 1 run, triple, 3 RBI, strikeout. .258

Miguel Andujar, 3B: 0 for 3, RBI, strikeout. .346

James Kaprielian P: took the Loss. 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 walks, 3 K. (0-1, 4.82)

The World Series is scheduled to begin in Cleveland tonight

Yankee Stadium will be undergoing changes next year.

From the NY Daily News (edited down):

….adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Among the enhancements will be the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse, the first-ever children’s zone at the ballpark. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft, artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area will be located on the 300 level in right field, outfitted with oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards as well as a six-foot-high replica World Series trophy.

The team is also adding a MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck located on the 200 level in center field, Bullpen Landings on the 100 level in left and right field, an AT&T Sports Lounge featuring DirecTV service in Section 134 and Budweiser Party Decks in Sections 311 and 328 featuring shaded stand-alone bar areas.

As a result of the enhancements, the Yankees are removing just under 2,100 seats, including 1,100 obstructed-view bleacher seats and approximately 600 Terrace level seats.

According to the team, once the enhancements are complete, more than 200,000 additional tickets priced $15 or less will be made available for the 2017 regular season.


Cubs win first NL pennant since 1945.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Chicago Cubs did what most Cubs fans never saw them do before: win the NL pennant. For the first time since 1945, the Cubs are going to the World Series. They are going to try to win the Series for the first time since 1908. Um, it’s probably safe to say that no one alive saw them WIN one.

Their opponent, the Cleveland Indians, will be going to the Series for the first time since 1997, and trying to win it for the first time since 1948.

Cue Crosby, Stills and Nash….it’s been a long time coming….

Better bring your parkas. Two cities on the Great Lakes, late October, maybe even early November if the Series lasts that long. Night games. God, how it may get cold.

The Cubs won Game Six, 5-0 to win the NLCS in six games. Co-MVPs were Jon Lester and Javy Baez.

Kyle Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman combined on a 2-hit shutout. Willson Contereras and Anthony Rizzo homered for the Cubs.

So the two big relievers that the Yankees traded away, Chapman and Miller, each make the WS. Even without the Yankees making the World Series, some semblance of the Yanks will be in the Series, what with those two big deals.


Arizona Fall League

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Here are how Yankees’ prospects did Saturday in the Arizona Fall League:

Greg Bird, DH: 0 for 3, walk, struck out twice. .231.

Nestor Cortes P, 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 18.00. 1st AFL game since assigned there.

Dillon Tate, P: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 7.20.

Scottsdale, the team with the Yanks’ prospects, is 3-8. There are no Sunday games.

Arizona Fall League: Torres, Andujar continue to hit.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yankees’ prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar continue to hit in the Arizona Fall League.

Scottsdale lost 4-3 on Friday, but most of their offense revolved around these two.

Torres, who played 2B (he’s been switching between SS and 2B) was 2 for 4 and scored a run. So far, he’s hitting .429 and is probably the youngest player in the league at 19.He doesn’t turn 20 until December 13.The Yanks got him from the Cubs in the Chapman deal.

3B Andujar was 3 for 3 with a walk and drove in 2 runs. He did make an error. He’s hitting .391.

Tyler Wade, a SS getting OF reps to make him more versatile (especially with Torres and Jorge Mateo in the system) went 0 for 3, struck out once, but drew two walks and scored twice. He’s been struggling at .071.

Pitcher J.P. Feyereisen pitched one scoreless inning, giving up no hits or walks, and struck out one. His ERA so far down there is 7.20.

Scottsdale is 3-7.

Arizona Fall League

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees added Nestor Cortes to the prospects getting extra work in the Arizona Fall League.

In Scottsdale’s 4-1 win yesterday, here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

DH Greg Bird 1 for 2, single, RBI, 2 walks.

3B Miguel Andujar 0 for 4, struck out once.



Cubs win Game 5 of NLCS. Up 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cubs are one game away from going to the World Series for the first time since 1945 after an 8-4 win in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Addison Russell hit a 2-run HR and Javier Baez cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double.

Clayton Kershaw will try to save the Dodgers’ season in Game Six on Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Of the two big relievers the Yanks traded at the deadline, Miller is outperforming Chapman this postseason.

Cleveland wins AL Pennant, Miller ALCS MVP; Cubs even NLCS.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cleveland Indians are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1997. They have only won it twice, in 1920 and 1948.

Andrew Miller was named the ALCS MVP after the Indians beat the Blue Jays in Game 5 in Toronto 3-0 to win the series four games to one.

Terry Francona should probably be put in the Hall of Fame now. With a depleted rotation, two guys down (Carrasco and Salazar), another cuts up his hand (Bauer), he deftly guided his bullpen—thanks to Miller—to a sweep of Boston and a five-game win over Toronto. Good pitching beat good hitting. When you look at his rotation problems right now, you say “No Way!”. Fabulous job by Francona.

Here is one example of the Indians depleted rotation and the job Francona did. The Game 5 starter for Cleveland was Ryan Merritt, a 24 yr. old rookie who had just four major league games under his belt and just one start. He pitched 4 1/3 innings.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp hit solo HRs for Cleveland in the game. Francisco Lindor, who could have been ALCS MVP himself, had 3 hits.

In the NLCS, the Cubs offense woke up after being shut out in Games 2 and 3 and they evened the series at two games apiece, winning Game Four 10-2.

Anthony Rizzo had 3 hits, 3 RBI, inc. a HR. Addison Russell had 3 hits, 2 RBI inc. a HR. The Dodgers were sloppy in making four errors.

I never saw a pitcher wearing a single digit number before Urias last night. And that is in 50 years of watching baseball. How about you?